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  • Investigative Committee: Suspects in the BelTA Case Being Released. Zolatava admitted guilt PHOTO, VIDEO

    The Investigative Committee claims, 'after conducting a complex of urgent investigative and other procedural actions in the criminal case the decision was made to release Hanna Kaltyhina, Halina Ulasik, Hanna Yermachonak and other individuals involved'.

    Also, the Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee said that TUT.BY’s chief edi­tor Mary­na Zolata­va alleged­ly ‘admit­ted that that her staff was «using, for a long time and with her knowl­edge,» login infor­ma­tion to BeITA’s  paid sub­scrip­tion.

    That’s why, ‘with dis­cov­ered cir­cum­stances in mind, and due to Zolatava’s offi­cial post, she has been charged with offi­cial neg­li­gence under Arti­cle 425 Part 2 of the Crim­i­nal Code.’

    Accord­ing to the Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee, she was released from cus­tody because of «her active coop­er­a­tion with the inves­ti­ga­tion.»

    The max­i­mum pun­ish­ment under this charge is impris­on­ment for a term of five years with or with­out con­fis­ca­tion of prop­er­ty and depri­va­tion of the right to occu­py cer­tain posts or engage in cer­tain activ­i­ties.


    Thus, TUT.BY reporters have been released: Mary­na Zolata­va, Han­na Yer­ma­chonak, Hannna Kalty­hi­na, and Hali­na Ulasik (released in the after­noon).

    The lawyers stress: accord­ing to the Code of Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dures, all the detainees in the BelTA case (Arti­cle 349  Part 2 of the Crim­i­nal Code) may not be held in cus­tody for more than 72 hours. This is not con­sid­ered a pub­lic haz­ard.

    The max­i­mum penal­ty for this offense is up to two years in prison. That means, defen­dants can­not be held in cus­tody before tri­al.

    How­ev­er, Hali­na Ulasik, who was released the after­noon of August 9, says inves­ti­ga­tors failed to inform her about that. On the con­trary, they threat­ened to «lock her up for two months.»

    Ali­ak­sei Zhukau, web edi­tor of the Belarusy i Rynok has been released, too.

    Bela­PAN jour­nal­ist Tat­siana Kar­avenko­va was released late night on August 9.

    Pauliuk Byk­ous­ki and Iry­na Leushy­na remain behind bars.

    Следчым камітэтам па матэрыялах праверкі, праведзенай супрацоўнікамі МУС, распачата крымінальная справа па ч. 2 арт. 349 Крымінальнага кодэкса Рэспублікі Беларусь (несанкцыянаваны доступ да кампутарнай інфармацыі, здзейснены з іншай асабістай зацікаўленасці, які пацягнуў прычыненне істотнай шкоды).

    Падставай да распачынання крымінальнай справы паслужыла паведамленне рэспубліканскага ўнітарнага прадпрыемства «БелТА» аб збоях пры ажыццяўленні доступаў да платнага пакета паслуг, які давла названае прадпрыемства аднаму з яго заказчыкаў. У ходзе праверкі супрацоўнікамі МУС выяўлены факты неправамернага доступу да кампутарнай інфармацыі, уласнікам якой з’яўляецца «БелТА».

    Журналістка БелаПАН Тацяна Каравянкова вызваленая

    У ізалятары застаюцца Паўлюк Быкоўскі і Ірына Леўшына.

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